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11 History Facts About Dog Mushing for Tour Guides

by ATJ Posted in The Alaska Experience Blog
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Sled dog tour guide training covers a wide array of skills, from handling the dogs to caring for the unique gear to navigating in the wilderness. But it might not teach you one of the most fun things about the activity—its history. Whether it’s just for your personal knowledge or...  Read More

5 Extreme Winter Sports to Try in Alaska

by ATJ Posted in Off the Clock
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Lots of places are cold and snowy, but few have the reputation for extremes that Alaska does—which makes it the perfect place to try out an extreme sport. Forget summer’s comforts—the short, chilly days of winter are where much of Alaska’s adventure awaits. If you’re up north for the winter...  Read More

5 Seasonal Jobs in Alaska: Winter Work

by ATJ Posted in The Alaska Experience Blog
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Ever dream of seeing the aurora borealis, testing your mettle in long Arctic nights, or simply setting out for new experiences in a place few have experienced? A job over the winter in Alaska is a fantastic way to do all three. You might be surprised to find that, because...  Read More

What Does It Take to Live in a Dry Cabin?

by ATJ Posted in Only in Alaska
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Photo by Bjorn Bulthuis. Living in the woods, far away from the chaos of society can sure sound appealing. And Alaska is a great place to do that—many residents near towns like Fairbanks live full-time in dry cabins without plumbing. In fact, it’s difficult for builders to work with the...  Read More

8 Exciting Things About the Aurora Borealis

by ATJ Posted in I ♥ Alaska
Aurora Borealis in Fairbanks
Maybe it’s because scientists still don’t fully understand it. Maybe it’s because the aurora only appear in fairly remote places, or simply because they are breathtakingly beautiful. Whatever the reason, the aurora borealis, or Northern lights, captivate people today just as much as they have for centuries. People come to...  Read More

Who’s Driving the Bus? Get Your Commercial Driver’s License!

by ATJ Posted in The Alaska Experience Blog
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Driving an Alaska tour bus can be a rewarding and exciting job – but you’ll need the right skills, training, and certification to do it. As a driver-guide, it will be your job to ensure the safety of Alaska visitors who are here to enjoy the state’s beauty as they...  Read More

8 Tips for Alaska Winter Prep

by ATJ Posted in The Alaska Experience Blog
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Preparing for a long winter in Alaska is a bigger project than for most people in the Lower 48, especially for people who live partly or completely off the grid in the dry cabins common to Alaska. Basics like drinking water and heating take more thought and preparation when you’re...  Read More

Stargazing on the Southern Coast of Alaska

by ATJ Posted in Only in Alaska, The Alaska Experience Blog
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Photo by Bureau of Land Management. Alaska earns accolades for many things, like its wildlife and its landscapes. But one of its best qualities often flies under the radar: its stargazing opportunities. The long, cold nights of Alaska’s winter provide dark skies excellent for viewing stars, aurora borealis and everything...  Read More

7 Animals to Spot during Alaska Winter

by ATJ Posted in The Alaska Experience Blog
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Summer isn’t the only time for wildlife viewing in Alaska. Some animals might be easier to spot when the temperatures dip, snow covers the ground, and vegetation is thinner. Just as in summer, dusk and dawn are the best times to see wildlife, since those are the times when both...  Read More

Alaska’s Most Haunted Landmarks and Places

by ATJ Posted in Only in Alaska
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Do you believe in ghosts? Many Alaska residents do—because they claim to have seen them. Sometimes it’s in a cemetery, sometimes a hotel, sometimes even a school. Alaska’s history is rich with the kind of stories that lead to ghostly lore: accidents, tragedies, miners and husbands who never return from...  Read More